Rice University

Department of English

Graduate Students



Alanna Beroiza
20th Century Film, Media, and Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Psychoanalysis
Dissertation Title: Out of Sight: Gender at the Intersection of Media and Biotechnologies
B.A. English, Bowdoin College

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Hannah Biggs
Rural and farm narrative, modernism, critical animal studies
B.A.s, English Literary Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Otterbein University



Sydney Boyd
Literature 1900-2000, Narrative Theory, Music, Opera
Dissertation Title: Narrative Durations: Time at the Intersection of Music and Twentieth-Century Literature
B.A. English, University of Idaho
B.A. Applied Music, University of Idaho

Rachel Conrad Bracken
U.S. literature and culture, histories of medicine and public health, and the medical humanities.
Dissertation Title: National Bodies: Population Expansion and the Literature of American Public Health
B.A. English, University of Vermont
M.A. English, Rice University

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 Donald Carpenter
Romantic and Victorian literature, Ecology, Animal Studies, and Narratology
B.A. English, Lee University


Joseph Carson 
19th Century American Literature, Theatre
Dissertation Title: Savage Arcadia: The American Romance in the Anthropocene
M.A. English, James Madison University
B.A. Theatre, James Madison University 


 Mark Celeste
Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Historicism, and Oceanic Studies
Dissertation Title: Maritime Networks: The Oceanic Imaginary in the British Long Nineteenth Century
M.A. English, Syracuse University
B.A. English, Penn State University


 Lindsey Chappell

Lindsey Chappell
2016-2017 Mellon-Council for European Studies Fellow
Time, Narrative, Romantic and Victorian Travel Writing
Dissertation Title: Temporal Forms in the Nineteenth-Century British Mediterranean 
M.A. English, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. English, William Jewell College


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Evan Choate
M.A. English, University of British Columbia
B.A. Philosophy Honours, University of British Columbia
Graduate Student Representative 2015-2016


 Ellis Etchison

John Ellis-Etchison
Renaissance drama, critical animal studies, & gender studies
Dissertation Title: A Sovereign Menagerie: Political Theology and the Animal Turn in Early Modern Drama
M.A. Folklore Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
B.A.s Political Science and English, Oklahoma Baptist University


Lorena Gauthereau
Chicana/o Studies, class analysis, affect theory, and postcolonial theory
Dissertation Title: Class, Race, and the Coloniality of Power in Mexican American Literature 
M.A. Hispanic Studies, Rice University
B.A. English and Political Science, Rice University

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 Lindsay Graham
Victorian poetry, gender and sexuality studies
M.A. English, University of Houston
B.A. Corporate Communication, University of Houston



Jade Hagan
British Romanticism, American Countercultural Studies, Ecocriticism, Esotericism, Visual Culture
Dissertation Title: The Countercultural and New Age Afterlives of William Blake
M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Colorado Boulder
B.A. English, Tulane University


Margaret P. Harvey
Victorian literature and culture, gender, political economy
Dissertation Title: A Woman's Worth: Gendered Concepts of Value in Victorian Literature
B.A., The College of William and Mary


Brittany Henry
B.A. English and Spanish, Texas A&M University



 Sophia Hsu
Victorian literature, biopolitics, liberalism
Dissertation Title: Genres of Population: Biopolitics and the Novel in a Liberal Age
B.A. English and Communication Studies, University of California, LA


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Ryan Kehoe 
B.A. (summa cum laude with Honors Thesis), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


 Benjamin Kozicki

Benjamin Kozicki
20th Century Trans-Atlantic Fiction and Film, Psychoanalysis, Narrative Systems Theory
Dissertation Title: Narrative Systems Theory: A Poststructural Approach to Narrative Theory in Post-WWII Fiction and Film
B.A. English, Michigan State University
B.S. Human Biology, Michigan State University

 Annie Lowe  

Annie Lowe
M.A. English, University of Kansas
B.A. English, University of Central Missouri


 Alex McAdams

Alexander McAdams
Early modern English literature, studies in gender and masculinity, literature and science
M.A. English, University of Massachusetts Boston
B.A. English, University of Mississippi
Graduate Student Representative 2015-2016    

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Michael Miller
M.A. English, University of Louisville
B.A. English, University of Kentucky


Seth Morton
B.A. English & German, Michigan State University




Michelle Oakes

Early Modern English Literature, Poetics, Literature in Translation
M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Houston
B.A. English, University of Central Missouri



Rodrigo Martini Paula
Modernisms, posthumanism, Vilem Flusser
M.A. English, University of Louisville
M.A. Letters, Sao Paulo State University
B.A. Translation Studies in English, Sao Paulo State University


 Scott Pett

Scott Allen Pett

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, citizenship, critical race and gender, immigration
M.A. English, Georgia State University
B.A. English, Brigham Young University

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 Mallory Pladus 
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature; critical theory; feminist theory; place studies
M.A. English & American Literature, Wake Forest University
B.A. English and American Literature, New York University


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Suzanne Rindell
B.A, University of The Pacific


 Rosenthall Karen Rosenthall
18th and 19th Century American literature, the rise of American capitalism and industrialization, early American political theory 
Dissertation Title: Novel Economies: a Literary Prehistory of Industrial Capitalism, 1730-1859
M.A., The John W. Draper Program of Humanities and Social Thought, New York University
B.A., The George Washington University

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Lindsay Sherrier
Early Modern British Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Temporality
Dissertation Title: Making the Present: Temporality and Cycloidic Reproduction in Early Modern England
M.A. English, Tulane University
B.A. English, Tulane University

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Sólveig Ásta Sigurðardóttir

M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Iceland
B.A. Comparative Literature, University of Iceland
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Elena Valdez
Chicana/o literary and cultural studies
B.A. English, University of New Mexico

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 Derek Woods
Dissertation Title: Trophic Diagrams: U.S. and Canadian Ecological Culture in the Great Acceleration
M.A. English, University of British Columbia
B.A. English, University of British Columbia


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Els Woudstra

19th and 20th century American Literature, Medical Humanities, Science and Technology Studies
M.A. Gender and Ethnicity, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences (with majors in American Studies and Postcolonial and Gender Studies), Utrecht University, the Netherlands.


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  Clint Wilson III

20th Century Literature, Ecocriticism, Systems Theory
M.A. English, West Virginia University
MSc Creative Writing, The University of Edinburgh
B.A. Honors in English, Wake Forest University